THE CONVERSATION: Online tools can help people in disasters, but do they represent everyone?

Press/Media: Expert comment

Release date: 29/5/2019

Description

With natural hazard and climate-related disasters on the rise, online tools such as crowdsourced mapping and social media can help people understand and respond to a crisis. They enable people to share their location and contribute information.

But are these tools useful for everyone, or are some people marginalised? It is vital these tools include information provided from all sections of a community at risk.

Current evidence suggests that is not always the case.

Media coverage

TitleOnline tools can help people in disasters, but do they represent everyone?
Media name/outletThe Conversation
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date29/05/19
DescriptionWith natural hazard and climate-related disasters on the rise, online tools such as crowdsourced mapping and social media can help people understand and respond to a crisis. They enable people to share their location and contribute information.

But are these tools useful for everyone, or are some people marginalised? It is vital these tools include information provided from all sections of a community at risk.

Current evidence suggests that is not always the case.
URLhttps://theconversation.com/online-tools-can-help-people-in-disasters-but-do-they-represent-everyone-116810
PersonsBilly Haworth